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Why J.C. Penney Will Never Be Great Again

J.C. Penney's new CEO plans to remake the tired old department store chain a la the Apple Store and Target, and his fresh ideas are earning him applause. But as investors and industry watchers cheer Ron Johnson's turnaround concepts, they're ignoring some big potholes on the road ahead.

How J.C. Penney Just Might Transform the Way We Shop

New CEO Ron Johnson's plan to revamp J.C. Penney is seriously ambitious. No more coupons, almost no more sales, and a complete rethink of the department store model. So why does think he can pull it off -- and with a chain that has lagged its rivals? Because maybe he can. Here's why:

Apple Employees to Celebrate Jobs, Stores to Close

Apple is holding a private memorial service for employees to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs. The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at company headquarters in Cupertino; it will also be webcast to employees worldwide. Apple plans to close its retail stores for several hours so employees can watch the service online.

Apple to Open Its
First Store in Alaska

It's a sign of just how far and wide demand for Apple products has grown: the consumer-electronics store is about to open a store in Anchorage, Alaska. The new retail outlet, along with another one in Murray, Utah, brings the total number of U.S. Apple stores to 240.

Can This Man Put a Shine Back on J.C. Penney?

Ron Johnson, the man credited with the success of the Apple Store, is about to move downmarket to take over as CEO of J.C. Penney. The buzz from Wall Street has been nothing but positive, but can the executive live up to the hype and reinvent the retailer's dated brand?

Can Google's Android Undercut iTunes for News?

Google is considering a plan to charge publishers less to sell news to Android users than the 30% fee that Apple typically charges to sell apps on iTunes. Will that be enough to attract news publishers?

Gap Test Drives Apple's iPhone Point-of-Sale System

I'm a big admirer of the sleek point-of-sale system that allows Apple Store employees to run credit card transactions on iPhones or iPod Touch devices. Now, Apple is going to offer its POS system to other retailers, a move that could create a multifaceted win for Apple's enterprise business.

Apple to Hold Media Event; Speculation on New Products Builds

Apple (AAPL) will host a media event today, amid a frenzy of speculation about what new products the company will unveil. Top of the list is a new version of Mac OS X, the computer operating system. The invitation send to reporter and bloggers last week included an Apple logo with the image of a lion, ABC News reported.

Apple May Unveil New Line of iPods Next Month

Apple Inc (AAPL) may introduce a new line of iPods at an event on Sept. 1. In recent years, the technology giant has used September events to unveil a new iPod in time for the holiday spending spree, Reuters reported. It frequently showcases new features for its iTunes online media store in September as well.

Apple to Open First Chinese Retail Store on Saturday

Apple (AAPL) plans to open its first Chinese retail store in Shanghai on Saturday, CNN said. Customers are already queuing up to get into the store, which will have 80 Macs, 100 iPods and 60 iPhones to play with. There will also be a Genius Bar and the country%u2019s first Briefing Room for free business workshops.

Why Apple's iPad E-Books Numbers Are Confusing and a Little Misleading

Apple announced that it sold approximately 300,000 iPads and that newly-minted iPad owners downloaded one million apps from its App Store and 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore on opening day. While these numbers sound suitably impressive, a closer look at the figures raises more questions than answers.